It is with heavy hearts that we report the death of veteran Star Wars
author Aaron Allston, who collapsed earlier today at VisionCon in Springfield, Missouri, from what is believed to be massive heart failure. He was 53.
The news was first reported on Facebook by Sean Patrick Fannon:
Aaron Allston was born in Corsicana, Texas, and wrote his first novel at the age of 16. His earliest Star Wars
novels were part of the X-wing
series, to which he contributed four books in 1998 and 1999. He also wrote two books in The New Jedi Order
series, two short stories, and three books each for the Legacy of the Force
and Fate of the Jedi
series. He then returned to the X-wing
series with Mercy Kill
in 2012. It was his last Star Wars
Fellow Star Wars
author Timothy Zahn wrote on Facebook
that Aaron "was a wonderful author, a devastating punster, an erudite teacher, and -- most of all -- a wonderful friend."
"His humor in the midst of his pain and medical difficulties was an inspiration to everyone around him," Zahn wrote, "and I will always remember the panels he and I (often with Mike Stackpole) did together. The Aaron, Mike, and Tim show, as we called it, has come to a sad close."
Shelly Shapiro, Del Rey's editor-at-large, called
Aaron "humble, sweet, funny, a consummate professional, a team player, and--certainly not least!--a wonderful writer with a huge imagination and a wealth of ideas he readily shared." She also said that he "made an indelible mark on a universal icon, and in so doing, made many, many friends and touched many, many lives."
The thoughts and prayers of all of us at TheForce.Net, Rebelscum.com, and The ForceCast are with Aaron's friends and family. No words can adequately express our feelings of sadness and loss.